For the past few months, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a charitable association under Californian law that administers certain top-level domain names, has been involved in an overhaul of WHOIS. This search service publicly lists the names and contact details of domain name holders.
Following extensive research, ICANN published a new temporary model on Feb. 28 that substantially modifies the philosophy of WHOIS. This model, dubbed “Calzone,” is designed to protect the private lives of domain name holders by guaranteeing that their names will remain confidential.
Source: Calzone: ICANN’s temporary solution for bringing WHOIS into line with GDPR